So I was talking to my mom the other day about my last “Idols- Where are they now?” post and she asked if she could get to pick the next Idol. I told her sure so she suggested Sanjaya Malakar. This is perfect because I just found an article about him on Yahoo. The article talked about how Stefano from this season of Idol is joining other 7th place finishers, and Sanjaya happens to be one of those 7th place finishers. Ironicly, Kimberley Caldwell (whom I wrote about first) was also a 7th place finisher.
But onto Sanjaya. Oh where do I begin. Sanjaya brought a lot of controversy for the show. He was the season’s most talked about contestant! I actually just read that some girl online went on a hunger strike until he got voted off. The strike got cancelled though because he stayed on the show longer than expected. He is mostly known for gaining the support from Vote for the Worst which is a site that encourages people to vote for the bad contestants on Idol. He even had Howard Stern behind him who was telling his listeners to vote for Sanajaya just to mess with the Idol results. He got a lot farther than everyone had thought he would. Oh, and I can’t forget about the “crying girl”, Ashley Ferl. This girl was shown repeatedly during his performance in the top 11 and was always crying. And of course,
So what has he been up to since he was on Idol back in 2007? In 2009, he released an autobiography and EP, both titled Dancing to the Music in My Head Last year he released a Christmas CD and a single titled “4 AM”. He also made appearances on “Hell’s Kitchen” and the 300th episode of “The Soup”. He was also on the second season of the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Earlier this year, on February 23, 2011, he joined an off-Broadway musical title Freckleface Strawberry. He is also recording and putting together a new band. He should have a new single out in late May. I was never a fan of Sanjaya, but I didn’t really dislike him. I listened to some samples from his EP that he put out in 2009 and it doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll have to check out his single when that comes out and maybe I’ll buy it.